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Old 03-21-2012, 06:07 AM #43
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Zombie Thread....

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Old 03-21-2012, 10:44 PM #44
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Zombie Thread....

4/23/11 was last post til the revive yesterday... Smh...
Sorry, somehow it came up on my searches and I wanted to chime in, plus saw a post about my playing area, where the sport really has declined and I am interested in doing something about it.
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:06 PM #45
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Reviving again...sorry about this!

I've noticed that the new players are being suppressed. Yesterday, a birthday party came to our field. 50 or so people showed up, bought tons of paint and air, rented everything, and set up. Not one team, or experienced player, or anything offered anything at all to them. It wasn't until I took my team over to talk with them a little bit that people started paying attention to them! I think every time I've gone for the past two or three years, I've taken at least one new player with me. I've gotten possibly twenty people into the sport through my years playing, which isn't nearly enough, but it's something!

The problem, like I said above, is that the newbies aren't getting near the attention they should. I've seen multiple players in $4000 worth of tournament gear completely ignore the newbies, refuse to play with them, and talk down to them. They need to be nurtured! They're the future of our sport! Without them, we'll all turn into old men and eventually the sport will die. I think this thread was started back in '08 or '09, when the economy was really bad. Well, the economy is still pretty bad, and paintball is the first thing to go as far as hobbies going out the window. I don't think I'll get out of paintball for quite a while, so I'm doing more than my share of getting newbies into the sport and keeping them there! I fix their guns for free or the cost of the part, I help them adjust packs and masks, I advise them on gear purchases, I give them advice on snap-shooting and moving under fire...all of these things are helping our sport to grow! If more people did this, like my team and I, I think the sport would be growing! I live an hour away from the nearest field, and I used to live twenty minutes! We've lost three fields in the past four years, and I don't think this last one will close. They have a large population and it's BYOP and no refs, so they don't buy anything but the CO2! They have a big compressor, so they can fill air for a few pennies, and their employees are all paid low salaries or are related to the owner.
So, paintball is definitely wounded, but not dying just yet! Fields are still around, manufacturers are still making markers and equipment, and the sport keeps growing in most areas! Keep up all the good work, guys!
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:11 PM #46
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Really? Cuz my paintball field just opened 3 years ago. And I go there all the time, and theres always people there.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:14 PM #47
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I agree I always try to make the newbs feel welcome.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:44 PM #48
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:32 AM #49
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Keeping this thread alive! It has a lot of history of the ups and downs of the sport! The good times and the bad. It was and is just fun to read how the economy has effected paintball. It is more than a sport and a hobby, but I don't really know what you would call it.
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:09 PM #50
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The problem might be airsoft. It seems like airsoft is growing very steadily.
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Old 09-06-2015, 07:44 AM #51
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I don't see the issues that you do however I do see some issues in the sport.
It's not falling off popularity its just in an evolution period, the economy is coming back and people are looking to do stuff. But so many forget that the fields and ideas haven't rolled with the times per say.

This new wave and generation of kids that have their heads in the digital cloud. Yah they are expecting that "Real Game" (Meaning video game) experience but the fields cater to Hyperball and Speedball (or at least PEV's dose, and they might want to take a page out of this post). These kids want the hunt and seek experience with props and the whole shebang of it.

Also yes I can relate that the whole "Not talking to new players" thing has to end now, like yesterday. I've seen the almost shear mockery of the high end players stares at the Rental folk. I've myself gotten the "Evil Eye" from several "Pro Players" before. May I remind everyone that at one time or another you too were a newbie and more then likely a rental player (or borrowed gear) so take 5 min and pay it back.

The whole "Airsoft vs paintball" and "Speedball vs Woodsball" stuff has got to stop. Seriously folks its insanity, were all out there to have a good time. Has this seriously been forgotten these days allowing the time to focus on how someone plays. I play paintball and I love woodsball, but not once have I ever looked down on an airsoft player. They are out there doing their thing and having fun and that I can't fault them for.

The bottom line is I hear a lot of Talk and see very little action to save Paintball and grow it. If your going to walk the walk then better talk the talk with a little more action and fewer words. Get out there and be a human being, smile and help random people, be a contributor to the success of paintball. I promise you that it won't kill you to try and it may even make you feel good about yourself.

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Paintball dead,,, no way!! Just played a game at Skirmish in PA this past weekend. Over 800 people,,, Granted it was a free game. But half of those people will be addicted and keep coming for more....
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Old 08-12-2016, 09:51 PM #54
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I was just talking with my buddies about this the other day. How I saw huge scenario games on youtube from years back at our home field and wonder why they are not that big these days. I imagine the major setback was the economy, paintball is a very expensive hobby. To get more people into the sport it needs to become more cost friendly to play, the gear is the gear, manufactures are going to charge market price and not much we can do there, I'm talking cost on the field.

One thing I think that needs to become the norm is more fields allowing you to bring your own paint, not only can you decide what you want to shoot in your particular marker but you can find it at a price you find reasonable. Lots of fields price gouge for paint and usually its mediocre quality to boot!

The other thing that sticks out to me is communication/information about where the good time can be had. Right now my group of friends is having one hell of a time finding what fields and big games/scenarios are available around our area to go to. There is so much OLD info out on the web about fields and whats available.

Finally I think it might help if more light was shed on other aspects of the sport besides just Tourny/Speedball, yes its popular, yes a lot of people do it, but I have to imagine there are more out there like my friends and I, who are older, like woodsball/rec ball, mechanical markers, ect. I know there is a big milsim/scenario/magfed community out there. Yet the front page news on these segments of the paintball world is far outnumbered by the speedball aspect, I would dare say rare. I'm not trying to hate on that style of paintball, any style you have fun doing is great, but the thing I love about this sport is that anyone can play, not just the super athletic tournament types. So how about some content for the other aspects to dig on and get excited about? Or is there just none out there?

Could be rambling, could be wrong, just my 2 cents.

In any event I will echo some of the above, the younger/new players are the future, most of my friends and I are mid 30's love the game to death and we talk to all players, try to help all players, play fair, and have a blast doing it.

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